[XeTeX] Getting Xetex to create a pdf of text in Amharic

Amanuel Medhanie medha001 at umn.edu
Sun Jun 16 18:59:03 CEST 2013

Hello everyone,
I am working on a two-sided wedding invitation (for my wedding) where one
side is in English and the other side is in Amharic. I have the latex code
written for the English side and I am now working on the Amharic side. I
found an example tex file (attached) which I am not able to get to compile
correctly. My hope is that if I can get this example to compile and produce
a pdf correctly, I will be able to work from this example to create the
backside of the invitation.

I am using Miktex 2.9 and Texworks editor. I have tried changing the
typeset (through Texworks) to Xetex and XeLatex and I can't get it to
compile. I've tried looking up information about creating pdfs in Amharic
and this and other example tex files are as close as I've come but I can't
get any of them to compile correctly. I would greatly appreciate it if
someone out there can get this tex file to compile correctly and let me
know how you do it. Here is the error I get:

This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-0.9998 (MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit)

entering extended mode

("C:\Users\medha001\Dropbox\Kristen and Amanuel Wedding Stuff\Wedding


LaTeX2e <2011/06/27>

Babel <v3.8m> and hyphenation patterns for english, afrikaans,
ancientgreek, ar

abic, armenian, assamese, basque, bengali, bokmal, bulgarian, catalan,

croatian, czech, danish, dutch, esperanto, estonian, farsi, finnish,
french, ga

lician, german, german-x-2012-05-30, greek, gujarati, hindi, hungarian,

ic, indonesian, interlingua, irish, italian, kannada, kurmanji, latin,

lithuanian, malayalam, marathi, mongolian, mongolianlmc, monogreek,
ngerman, n

german-x-2012-05-30, nynorsk, oriya, panjabi, pinyin, polish, portuguese,

ian, russian, sanskrit, serbian, slovak, slovenian, spanish, swedish,

an, tamil, telugu, turkish, turkmen, ukenglish, ukrainian, uppersorbian,

ishmax, welsh, loaded.

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base\article.cls"

Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base\size12.clo"))

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\fontspec\fontspec.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\expl3.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3names.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3bootstrap.sty"))

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\misc\etex.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3basics.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3expan.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3tl.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3seq.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3int.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3quark.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3prg.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3clist.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3token.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3prop.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3msg.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3file.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3skip.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3keys.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3fp.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3box.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3coffins.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3color.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3luatex.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\l3candidates.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\generic\oberdiek\ifpdf.sty"))

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3packages\xparse\xparse.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\fontspec\fontspec-patches.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base\fixltx2e.sty")


* LaTeX warning: "xparse/redefine-command"


* Redefining document command \oldstylenums with arg. spec. 'm' on line 107.


) ("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\fontspec\fontspec-xetex.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base\fontenc.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\euenc\eu1enc.def")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\euenc\eu1lmr.fd"))

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\xelatex\xunicode\xunicode.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\tipa\t3enc.def"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\euenc\eu1lmss.fd"))

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\graphics\graphicx.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\graphics\keyval.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\graphics\graphics.sty"

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\graphics\trig.sty")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\00miktex\graphics.cfg")

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\xelatex\xetex-def\xetex.def"))))

("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\fontspec\fontspec.cfg"

! Undefined control sequence.

<argument> \c_keys_code_root_tl


l.8 ...tureoption{Ligatures}{Historic}{Historical}



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